MASERU — You may not know who Cuts On Raps is but if you are a fan of US rappers Phonte, 9th Wonder and Rapsody, you will be blown away by the way he does music.
Cuts On Raps is led by a musician called Sehlabaka Rampeta who is among Lesotho’s upcoming rap musicians.
In fact, he is probably among the best that Lesotho has to offer.
Though this is his second album, this “cat” has been around.
Rampeta has worked as a producer and artist manager. He teamed up with local rappers and dropped this mixtape.
The album features local rappers Nuch, T.I.E.H.O, OG Skill’z and Kislev among others.
“I am a bit of a nostalgic fanatic so I wanted to come up with a project that would take me back to the time when I started rapping. I approached a couple of seasoned artists then we worked on the album,” Rampeta told XpressPeople.
Cuts On Raps started as a Hip Hop joint in 2001 which included Sehlabaka Rampeta, Liholo Mphutlane and Tumelo Malefane during their high school days at Lesotho High School.
Within a week, the group had more members than it had anticipated which made it on the most revered Hip Hop crews in the country.
“The group disbanded in 2005 as we dispersed to different tertiary institutions. In 2008 I toyed around with the idea of reviving it but then it came back in a different form as a clothing brand that dressed people in the rap circles,” he said.
In 2012, Rampeta tested the waters by releasing a track with Sekila Molapo (OG Skill’z) titled Feel It!
The track proved to be a hit.
Rampeta has also shot a couple of videos for the likes of D2a-Majoe, Charles Alvin and Olive Branch.
“I am busy promoting Broken Record (OG Skill’z and Charles Alvin), who I am currently managing. You can also expect a short film titled Baghdad — a story about an overlooked Hip Hop icon in Maseru, which features D2a-Majoe and Cuts On Raps,” he said.
He is also working with Sadon on forging a cross-border relationship with rappers in Swaziland.
This is meant to uplift local Hip Hop for local rappers to be able to do festivals in Swaziland and vice-versa.
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